The Bud Billiken Parade celebrated its 90th year of existence on August 10, 2019. The back to school affair has been a staple in the community and continues to signal hope and happiness for the upcoming school year. Check out … Continue reading
I am so excited to join all of you as a host of Bantu Fest on July 28, 2019.
Bantu Fest is a summer festival in Chicago that includes food, music and all this African. The festival runs from July 27th to July 28th on the campus of the University of Chicago.
The African diaspora is represented with countries from all over the globe. You can grab some Haitian grio and a roti from Trinidad all in the same day. Prepare for the culture.
I look forward to seeing you for this 2 day festival.
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The plan for the day was to hit the dealership, return some shoes and catch a vibe at the lake. Ran into the homie Kevin ‘KMax’ Maxey and he told me about the We❤️Soul’s event at the pier. Definitely caught a vibe at the lake. S/O to Kwest_on, Sean Alvarez, Joe Kollege, JayToo and Duane E Powell.
Chicago is so dope!
Jill Scott was in Chicago recently by way of Ravinia and brought the heat on a cold night. Check out this video of her performing and emotional rendition of “Golden”
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Summer and Chicago are having a hard time finding each other right now, but Jill Scott and The Roots were able to bring some heat with them to Ravinia Friday, June 22.
I think I’ve seen The Legendary Roots Crew more than 10 times over the years, and it feels like their show gets stronger with every performance. Black Thought commands the stage with a presence that is all hip-hop. Every solo — from the Jeremy Ellis on the beat box, to guitarist Kirk Douglas blacking out during “You Got Me” — garnered standing ovations. It was easy to forget that The Roots were the opening act and the thought of anyone following The Roots after such a masterful display of showmanship didn’t seem likely.
Jill Scott proved she is more than capable to bring the house down in her own right. Chandeliers hung from the ceiling as Jill sashayed onto the stage and launched into a rendition of “Watching Me” that seemed more timely now than it was when it was originally released. She seemed to have been overcome by emotion as a tear streamed down her face. She gathered herself and preceded to bless her fans with a vocal presence that sounds like honey.
Her voice seems stronger, and she does not shy away from sharing her personal experiences, which pulls her fans in. In the midst of all of her emotion, her smile shined brighter than any light in the pavilion. Watching her perform is like watching a greatness in action.
We spoke to concert-goer A. Jason Lloyd and asked him what he thought of the show.
“The Roots were incredible,” Llyod said. “I think they showed why they are who they are. They are a supergroup. Each solo from their individual members showed they are all superstars, but they can pull together, play together and rock a crowd like no other. Black Thought is the glue that makes everything stick, but I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t see a drum solo from Questlove.
“Jilly from Philly was very powerful and emotional. She took us on a ride that she was in herself,” Lloyd added. “It’s incredible to think that she performs with that same emotion and passion every time she touches the stage. You walk with her on her emotional journey — the highs and lows. At one point, I could see the tears from her eyes. It was really, really a true representation of artistry.”
Check out a few photos from the concert in the gallery below.
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Chance The Rapper recently appeared at the MCA in Chicago to take part in a discussion series called “In Sight Out”. It’s an in depth dive into the artist and has featured other artists like Solange Knowles and Mick Jenkins.
Adrienne Samuels Gibbs conducted the interview and dove right into the convo. The discussion meandered from topics such as Art collection, God, Kanye and SNL.
Chance spoke passionately about his SNL experience because of what it meant to him as a child. He was so involved in the process and takes pride in what he was able to bring to the table with the help of his friends.
We were able to ask Chance about an extremely poignant and emotional moment in his career. The 3 time Grammy award winner was unboxing his awards with his family present. His daughter helped him unpack the awards and in a highly touching moment she hugged her dad and Chance began to cry.
We asked Chance why he was so emotional in that moment. “It was such a big moment for me, I purposely didn’t sign (a record deal) and kept saying no to amounts of money that I knew I wouldn’t see for a long time because I just thought it would be cool for somebody to say I got the Grammy without a label. I got them and I’m holding the Grammy that weighs around seven to ten pounds in one hand and my daughter who is about thirty pounds and I stood there as a scale for a moment and feel the weight of my daughter and how much more important she is. It broke me down. I think it was meant for me to get three Grammys at one time, because if I had one, I’d probably be too thirsty for more. I got them in abundance so that I could see that there were many of them but there is only one Kensli.” said Chance
When asked about the recent school closings in Chicago and the new $95 million dollar Police Academy that is being built, Chance had this to say
“I feel cheated, I feel angry. I feel vengeful. There are people who are not nameless. You grow up feeling like you are fighting against “the man” or faceless entity of people who are out to get you. But these people have names. Rahm is on that (closing schools) Thats just what it is and their is no way to hide it. This is the third group closing of schools since 2013. We don’t have to dance around it. I see the inequality, I see the unfairness, I see the violation of our city, I see the sscathing department of justice review from our police department. The same one that murdered Fred Hampton. I’m seeing that this a fucked up system and this is me entering myself into it to change it all. I’m here. I’m posted. I am not going anywhere. I’m going to live in Chicago till the day I die. I’m going to travel, I’m going to do some tours so I can get that bag and then Imma lobby for y’all.”
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On top of being a dope MC, Precise is also into acting. Tune in Friday night for a special Friday Night Mixtape as we have him on the show. We go live at 8pm Eastern. Download the DJ Kawon App and tune in.
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The 3rd Annual Timbuck2Forever Tribute was held at the House of Blues in Chicago.
Timothy “DJ Timbuck2” Jones died in 2015 due to complications from cancer. The Timothy Francis Jones Foundation was created in his name. The foundation focuses on men being more diligent about their health. The night featured a host of notable Dj’s. Pete Rock, Dj Scratch, Rich Medina and Terry Hunter lent their skills to the evening. The night was capped off with a surprise performance by Raekwon the Chef from the legendary Wu Tang Clan.
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This is me, Precise rocking the mic at an Olive Harvey talent show 25 years ago. This show is the day I decided I could do this rap thing and consequently was the same day I met one of my best friends and producer Chris Rice, May he Rest In Peace. As I watched the video I felt myself being reenergized as if I was being reminded that it is time to claim my spot and do what I was sent here to do, Live in My Purpose.
What does it mean for one to “Live in their purpose?” How does that benefit the individual and the universe as a whole? All of us have been given tools and talents that are provided to us to open up doors and add value to this world. When we neglect these talents our growth is stagnated and we never fully realize why we are here and what we are here for.
We waste time in fear and doubt. It is a disservice to the creator when we don’t honor our gifts.
We find ourselves at the time of the year when we take an assessment of our lives and look to catapult ourselves into a better circumstance. We must understand that the better circumstance is waiting for us.
I recently received word from two people very close to me that they have accepted their purpose and hearing that from them paired with the surfacing of this video is a message that I hear loud and clear. GO FOR IT! God got you and you will not be forsaken.
Let this message serve as a reminder not to bury your talents. Allow these talents to grow to make a way for you and live in the fullness of your purpose.
God is Awesome and so are YOU!
Now what you gonna do?
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Jay Z and his mentor Jaz O have reunited after years of feuding. Jay Z’s 4:44 tour made its way to Chicago’s United Center and the historic moment was captured backstage. Jaz O, NO ID and Jay Z stand side by side fully aware of the moment that they were creating.
Jaz O rose to prominence in the 90’s when he released a song called “The Originators” featuring a young Jay Z. Both artists collaborated on early Jay Z releases.
The legendary feud between them started when Jaz O decided not to sign with Roc-A –Fella. Rumors of Jaz O assisting Nas during the battle he had with Jay Z swirled around for a bit and added to the bad blood between mentor and protégée. After many years of back and forth diss songs and their careers going in different directions it would make sense that this beef would continue way into the future. However; as with most things in life time heals all wounds.
This reunion is significant because of what it means for the culture. Arguably we can say without Jaz O there would be no Jay Z. If this was the case hip hop and rap music would not be what we know today.
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